Hong Kong police and investigators have found some 0.1 and 0.3 micrograms of the illegal drug Cocaine in some cans of Red Bull energy drink.

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The German states of Hesse and North-Rhine Westphalia have already banned the sale of Red Bull after doing some tests. Even though the amount of the drug not to pose a health risk, under German Law the drink should still be reclassified as a narcotic. This would most likely follow a nationwide ban on the product.

Red Bull manufacturer’s claimed the German ban is baseless They claimed that the “de-cocainized (sic) extract of coca leaf is used worldwide in foods as a natural flavouring”, and stressed that the Eurpean Union and the United States considers the coca leaf extract safe for use as an additive.

BFAD Deputy Director Emil Polig immediately conducted their own investigation in response to the HongKong reports. BFAD inspectors have already randomly collected Red Bull products from the market and will be testing them for Cocaine.  Distributors of Red Bull in the Philippines were also questioned to determine the source of products being sold in the country.

As of now, BFAD is not yet recalling Red Bull products from market shelves until there are no conclusive results from their investigation.  The public are advised to temporarily stop using the product and wait for the outcome of the investigation.


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